National Summit on the European Green Deal - Speakers



Theodora Antonakaki

Theodora Antonakaki is coordinating BoG's work on climate, sustainability and research at the Climate Change Impacts Study Committee (CCISC) since 2009 and representing the Bank of Greece (BoG) at the Network of Central Banks and Supervisors for Greening the Financial System (NGFS). She obtained her Diploma at the Architectural Department of the Polytechnic School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the MSc in Built Environment at the Bartlett School of Built Environment of the University of London, where she was an Honorary Research Fellow. She has consulted companies in Greece and abroad in a wide range of projects, in planning, urban and architectural design, on issues of sustainability and socioeconomic impacts. She has participated in competitions and her work has gained awards from Europa Nostra and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. Theodora has been an Adjunct Professor at the Syracuse University, presented her work at conferences and has lectured at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the University of Stirling, the School of Nordic Urban Design, University of London and the Hellenic Open University. She has written book chapters in edited books and her work has been published at peer reviewed journals.

Konstantinos Aravossis

Prof. Konstantinos Aravossis is Secretary General of Natural Environment & Water at the Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy. He is a Mechanical Engineer with a M.Sc. in Management Science from Imperial College, University of London. He has further been awarded a PhD by the National Technical University of Athens. He is an Assoc. Professor of “Planning, Management and Assessment of Technological and Environmental Investments” at the NTUA and Professor at the ATHENS MBA (NTUA - Athens University of Economics) since 1997. He is the Coordinator of the “Environmental Economics and Sustainable Development Research Group” of the Sector of Industrial Management and Operations Research of the Mechanical Engineering School. He was the Environmental Advisor to the President of the Greek New Democracy political party. He was President of the Greek Branch of the Waste to Energy Research and Technology Council coordinated by Columbia University and associate researcher of the Earth Engineering Center -Columbia University as well as visiting Professor at Imperial College-London. He was President of the Coordinating Committee of the Institute of Production and Operations Management / Hellenic Management Association. He has been an advisor of the Deputy Minister of Culture for the Olympic Games Constructions and their Post-Olympic utilization, President of the Greek Association of Environmental Protection Companies, President of the Hellenic Solid Waste Management Association (HSWMA) (now Hon. President), President of the Ordinary Environmental Committee of the Technical Chamber of Greece and member of Evaluation Committees for Investment and Energy Projects of the Ministry of Development.



Spyros Arsenis

Dr. Spyros Arsenis is the coordinator of the NBG Business Seeds program and the initial coordinator of the act4Greece crowdfunding platform. Member of the advisory boards of, Metavallon, Big Pi and OK!Thess. Also member of the board of Hellenic Society of Environment and Cultural Heritage and member of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce’s Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee. He is an Electrical Engineer with 25 years of professional multi-sector, multi-discipline experience in Greece and abroad on international telecom projects, business banking and innovation, and is also the author of 7 books on ICT and the Internet. 




Costa Carras

Costa Carras in 1972 with his wife Lydia he founded Greece's leading environmental organization, Elliniki Etairia (Society for the Environment and the Cultural Heritage), of which he was President 1972-1975 and 2001-2008. Since 1973 he has represented Elliniki Etairia in Europa Nostra, the federation of European conservation organizations, and is that body's longest-serving Vice-President. He is a founding member of Friends of Cyprus in London, for whose annual Report be he often writes, and of the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe, where he serves on the Board as Rapporteur for the Joint History Project, which has produced six workbooks covering various periods of the region’s past, most recently the period 1945-2008. He was co-chairman of the British Council of Churches' Commission on Trinitarian Doctrine in the 1980s, when he also organized the ground-breaking 1988 meeting on religion and the environment in Patmos as a lay Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. 



Alexandros Charalambides

Dr Alexandros Charalambides is a Mechanical Engineering graduate and holds a PhD from Imperial College London. His PhD project was funded by Honda R & D Co, Ltd of Japan. He has worked at Imperial College London, at the University of Tokyo and on his return to Cyprus, at the Energy Service of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism. In 2009, he was appointed at the Department of Environmental Science and Technology and his research interests lie in the fields of solar energy, algal biofuel production and energy saving in buildings. His dynamism and passion for sustainable development and for developing ideas and young talent are what drove him to seek out like-minded individuals and create Chrysalis LEAP, the first accelerator in Cyprus, focusing on cleantech and ENERMAP, an EU-funded spin-out from the University.



Nikos Charalambides

He has studied Physics, Meteorology-Oceanology and General Oceanography in Athens and Paris. Since 1985 he has been actively involved in nature conservation. He joined Greenpeace as an ocean ecology campaigner, and later he became coordinator of the campaigns department. Since 2002, he is the Executive Director of Greenpeace in Greece. He has been actively following the debate on energy-climate change for more than 20 years, focusing on solutions work. He is also working in the direction of Green Development, focusing on the need to find solutions that will get us out of the multi crisis (climate, financial and social) while showcasing concrete examples. His focus is on identifying synergies between humanitarian and environmental challenges. Nikos Charalambides has been a Board Member in various bodies such as the National Organization for Recycling, the Climate Action Network – Europe and member in various Committees such as the National Committee for Energy Planning. He is the author of several books and numerous articles on environmental protection, the role of civil society and NGOs, climate change, corporate responsibility, green development and sustainability.



Maria Christantoni

Maria Christantoni studied Mining Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and holds an MSc in Water Resources Science and Technology. She is currently a PhD candidate in Environmental Economics at the NTUA. She is the Sustainability Officer of the Hellenic Republic Development Asset Fund, focusing on the integration of sustainability into the privatization process. She has previously worked for 5 years as Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Expert in the Directorate of Environmental Licensing at the Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy. She is the youngest-ever elected member of the National Assembly of the Technical Chamber of Greece and has served two consecutive terms from 2010 till 2017.



Kirsten Dunlop

Dr. Kirsten Dunlop joins Climate-KIC today as the new CEO. Kirsten joins Suncorp, an Australian financial services conglomerate, where she served as Executive General Manager for Strategic Innovation. At Suncorp, which is itself a long-standing partner of Climate-KIC, Kirsten contributed to the formation of Climate-KIC Australia, based on the European Union's Climate-KIC model. In the past, she has been involved in academic and consulting work. She has worked in banking and insurance in Europe, Australia and North America. 





Andrei Geica

Andrei Geica is the Chief Policy & Impact Officer of Sporos Platform, focusing on policies to materialise the Circular Transition of SMEs. He monitors policy developments at national and European level to inform the investment strategy and assists portfolio firms by coordinating the provision of dedicated consultancy services on circular business models. Andrei Geica is an EU policy expert with international experience, advising companies on how to inform their strategies for future-proof decision-making based on a constant monitoring of all EU policy areas covering major industrial sectors. With direct experience from the European Parliament, followed by 2 years of Policy Monitoring Consultant in the private sector in one of the largest Parliamentary legislative monitoring consultancies in Brussels, he decided to apply this knowledge in the underserved South-East European region by providing tailored policy monitoring in Greece, following more than 5.000 sources of information on a daily basis. Using this broad expertise, Andrei instructs companies on how to avoid silo mentalities, how to exit path dependencies, and how to keep up with the numerous changes and evolutions that happen at both European and global scale, thus directly contributing to the competitiveness and the internationalisation of Greek businesses. These key insights into the policy process and global trends led to the establishment of Sporos Circular Solutions, of which he is Managing Partner. Andrei holds a BSc in Political Science and International Relations (Cum Laude) at the University of Parma, Italy and an MSc in Politics and Government in the European Union (Distinction) at the London School of Economics and Political Science.  



Yiannis Geragotellis

Yiannis completed his studies on the field of Informatics in the Athens University of Economics and Business in 1993; got his Master in Science Degree on Technology and Innovation Management at the University of Sussex/SPRU (UK). He is Founder and Managing Partner of KiNNO and works as Innovation Management consultant. Prior of founding KiNNO ha has gained significant experience as manager of R&D projects, business consultant and financial analyst in the private sector. Yiannis has experience in design and management of projects related to innovation competencies, technology transfer, research exploitation and business development. He has been working in developing Knowledge & Technology Transfer Activities, creating & supporting Transnational Knowledge Networks and building linkages between Business & Research actors. His experience includes among other, provision of mentoring, coaching and capacity building services to researchers, startups, entrepreneurs and executives in sectors such as energy, agro-food, environment, transport, maritime and ICT. He is currently HUB manager for INNOENERGY in Greece. 



Evangelos Gerasopoulos

Dr. Evangelos Gerasopoulos is a Research Director at the Institute for Environmental Research and Sustainable Development of the National Observatory of Athens (NOA). He has a PhD in the field of Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics. He is the Director of the Greek GEO Office, the focal point for Earth Observation activities at the national level and serves as the Greek delegate in the Programme Board of the Intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO; since 2015) and the EuroGEOSS Coordination Group (since 2017). He is also member of the Board of the Hellenic Quality Assurance & Accreditation Agency (HQA), and served in the past as member of the Sectorial Scientific Council for the Environment and Energy of the National Council for Research and Technology (2014 - 2016). 



Emmanuel Giakoumakis

Emmanuel Giakoumakis is Professor at the Department of Informatics of the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) and Rector of the University since 2015. He has taught Software Engineering, Programming Languages, as well as Regulation in the Electronic Communications Market, at undergraduate and postgraduate level. His research focuses on topics in: Software Engineering, Biomedical Applications, Regulation and Competition in the Electronic Communications market, Telecommunications Policies. 
In parallel to his academic career, he has served in senior management positions, such as: Chairman of the National Telecommunications and Post Commission (2000-2005), Secretary General of Communications of the Ministry of Transport and Communications (1998-2000), Chairman and Managing Director of the State’s Hellenic Information Systems Societe Anonyme (ELSYP SA) (1995-1997), Head of Informatics Division of the Hellenic Agency for Local Development and Local Government (EETAA) (1988-1990). 




Kostis Hatzidakis

Kostis Hatzidakis is a Greek politician from the New Democracy party. He currently serves as the Minister for the Environment and Energy in the Cabinet of Kyriakos Mitsotakis. He was elected President of the Youth Organisation of New Democracy (ONNED), serving from 1992 to 1994. He was elected as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for New Democracy in the European elections of 1994, 1999 and 2004. In the 2007 Greek legislative election, he was elected to the Hellenic Parliament for the Athens B constituency and consequently resigned from the European Parliament. He served as Minister for Transport and Communications from 2007 to 2009 and then as Minister for Development in 2009. 



Yannis Ioannidis

Yannis Ioannidis is the President and General Director of the ATHENA Research and Innovation Center as well as a Professor at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He is also serving a 2-year term (2018-2020) as the Secretary/Treasurer of ACM. He is an ACM and IEEE Fellow and a member Academia Europaea. He has been a (co-)principal investigator in over 40 research projects funded by various government agencies (USA, Europe, Greece) or private industry. He is currently on the editorial board of Communications of the ACM (CACM) and has served in the past on several others, such as Information Systems, the Journal of Digital Libraries, and the VLDB Journal. He currently serves as the Greek delegate to the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), a member of its Executive Board, the ESFRI representative to the e-Infrastructures Reflection Group (e-IRG), and an expert in the Programme Committee on Research Infrastructures within the European Commission's Horizon2020 Framework Programme. 



Dimitris Kalavros-Gousiou

Dimitris Kalavros-Gousiou is a technology entrepreneur and investor. He serves as Co-Founder and General Partner at Velocity.Partners, a pre-seed and seed Venture Capital Fund active in Greece and SEE. He is best known as the Founder and Curator of TEDxAthens, the most impactful platform for ideas, dialogue and talks in Greece. Prior to his role at Velocity.Partners, Dimitris co-founded Found.ation (a leading startup acceleration and innovation hub in the Balkans), TechTalent School (a coding school) and TechTalent Pool (a recruiting SaaS for developers). From 2011 to 2013, Dimitris served as a Referrer for pre-seed investment firm HackFwd, leading its pipeline in Greece and Southeast Europe. DKG holds a Law degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury and an LLM (Master of Laws) in Computer and Communications Law from the Queen Mary University of London. He is a 2X alumnus of U.S. Department of State "International Visitor Leadership Program", classes of 2013 and 2017, the latter under the prestigious "Gold Stars" program, and a member of the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum. Dimitris regularly speaks on the topics of entrepreneurship, technology, design thinking, digital storytelling and leadership. 



Demetres Karavellas 

He is a conservation leader who has worked with WWF in various posts for over twenty five years. He has been active in the field and on key policy issues linked to natural resources, conservation of species and critical habitats, climate change and sustainable development, at national, regional and global level. He is the CEO of WWF Greece and is presently also chairing the WWF Mediterranean Marine Initiative, a concerted network wide effort to conserve the valuable marine and coastal ecosystems and promote a sustainable blue economy for the region. He is also a member of the SDSN Leadership Council of Greece. He holds a BSc in Marine Biology from Queen Mary University and a MSc in Fisheries Biology & Management from Bangor University.   



Louka T. Katseli

Louka T. Katseli is Professor of International Economics and Development at the Department of Economics of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has served as Greece’s Minister of Labor and Social Security (2010 – 2011) and Minister of Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping (2009 – 2010). With a Ph. D in International and Development Economics from Princeton University, she has taught as Assistant and Associate Professor at Yale University and has published extensively in her fields of interest which include international, development and institutional economics. She has served as Director of the OECD Development Centre (2003 - 2007), member and vice-president of the UN Committee for Development Policy (1996–1999), Special Advisor to the Greek Prime Minister (1993 – 1996) and Director of the Centre for Planning and Economic Research (1983-1986). She has been a member of the EC Monetary and Economic Policy Committees and an advisor and consultant to various governments and international organizations.



Angelica Kemene

Angelica Kemene is leading the Market Analysis & Intelligence department of Optima Shipping Services covering dry cargo, oil and gas tankers, container shipping and shipbuilding. Angelica advises clients around the world on shipping and financial markets developments, assisting them with shipping investment, strategy and chartering decisions. Meantime, founded and manages Optima-X, a maritime innovation hub in Athens, hosting the Enso XL accelerator for startups related to the MaritimeTech. She holds 12 years of active experience in the shipping market and has travelled extensively to meet and participate with industry professionals in conferences around the world. During her professional experience, she has been involved in analyzing various traded commodity (mining, energy and agri sectors) movements and their future performance related to the Shipping Industry in ICAP Plc, London. Before joining ICAP plc she worked for the Baltic Exchange Derivatives Trading Ltd, a subsidiary of the Baltic Exchange in London, in the Market Surveillance team on FFA trades. She has partnered with Monte Nero Capital Advisory on an ad hoc basis as a Business Associate in Investor Relations. She also gained experience as a Commercial Shipping Analyst with Trafigura Beheer B.V. mainly working on tanker performance analysis and post fixture. Following a degree in Shipping, she went on to earn an MSc in Mathematical Trading and Finance from CASS Business School in London and she enhanced her education with Python programming, Digital Marketing and Data Science certificates.  


Petros Kokkalis

Petros Kokkalis is a Greek businessman and member of the European Parliament. He holds a B.A. from Hampshire College with a concentration in history; his Division III title was "Making the Love of My People: Constructing Legitimacy for the Monarchy in Late 19th Century Greece.” He earned his M.P.A. at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he serves as a member of the Dean's Alumni Leadership Council. He was the Vice-President and shareholder of Intracom Holdings, one of the largest multinational technology groups in South-Eastern Europe, and the Vice-President and shareholder of Intralot S.A., a gaming technology supplier and lottery licensed operator. He was also the Vice-President of the Greek football club Olympiacos, and is the Vice-President of the Kokkalis Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes education and training, culture and social welfare, medical research and information technology, and athletics, both in Greece and abroad. He is Secretary General of Organization Earth, an environmental education NGO. He was elected as a Member of the European Parliament in the 2019 Euroelections with SYRIZA. 



Neofytos Kolokotronis 

Neofytos Kolokotronis, Innovation Assosiate at Found.ation, is the program manager for the EIT Digital activities. Found.ation, an innovation and technology platform, is the local strategic partner of EIT Digital in Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Rumania and Albania, under the ARISE Europe Programme. Neofytos is responsible for the coordination of EIT Digital activities, which include supporting deep-tech early stage startups, scouting for local scaleups, and the organization of educational workshops on digital innovation. He has extensive experience in developing digital products, through his participation in international communities and organizations.


Georgios Kostakos

Georgios Kostakos, PhD (Kent), is Executive Director of the Brussels-based Foundation for Global Governance and Sustainability (FOGGS). He is also Co-Director of the Hellenic Forum for Sustainable Development (ELFOVA) jointly run by FOGGS and the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP). Georgios has previously served in key positions in the Secretariat of the United Nations, dealing inter alia with issues of global sustainability, climate change, and UN reform. He has been an associate of ELIAMEP, the University of Athens, and the European consultancies consortium NEEMO EEIG. His studies include advanced degrees in Mechanical Engineering and International Relations. 



Phoebe Koundouri

Professor Dr. Phoebe Koundouri holds a PhD and MPhil in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Cambridge (UK). She is Professor (Chair) of Sustainable Development (Economics and Econometrics) at the School of Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece) and she is the elected President of the European Association of Environmental and Natural Resource Economists ( with more than 1200 scientific institutions as members from more than 60 different countries. Prof. Koundouri is listed in the 1% of most-cited women economists in the world, with 15 published books and more than 250 published scientific papers.  
Prof. Phoebe Koundouri is also the Founder and Scientific Director of the Research Laboratory: ReSEES: Research on Socio-Economic and Environmental Sustainability (<>) at the Athens University of Economics and Business and an affiliated Professor at the ATHENA Research and Innovation Center (Greece) where she directs EIT Climate KIC Hub Greece of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology ( She is also the co-chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Network – Greece (, chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of ICRE8 International Research Center and chair of the scientific advisory board of the European Forest Institute (  
In the past, Professor Koundouri has held academic positions at the University of Cambridge, University College London, the University of Reading and the London School of Economics. She acts as an advisor to the European Commission, World Bank, EIB, EBRD, OECD, UN, NATO, WHO, numerous national and international foundations and organizations, as well as national governments in all five continents. Notably she is currently member of the drafting Priministerial Committee for 10-year development plan for Greece, as well as in the Climate Change Committee of the Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy. Since 1997, she has coordinated more than 75 interdisciplinary research projects and has attracted significant competitive research funding. Professor Koundouri and her large interdisciplinary team have produced research and policy results that have contributed to accelerating the research commercialization for the sustainability transition in Europe, as well as shaping European policies. Over the last two decades, Professor Koundouri has given keynote and public lecturers all over the world and received various prizes for academic excellence. 




Riccardo Lambiris

He studied Electronic Engineering at the University of Sussex and has obtained a MSc. postgraduate degree in Project Management from the University of Birmingham. He has also obtained an MSc. in International Trade, Transport and Finance from City University in the United Kingdom. Initially at Rockwell Golde he then moved into investment banking (initially Telesis / Eurobank and later HSBC) covering a wide number of industries, products and sectors, focusing on Greece, Cyprus and the wider South-East European region. Since October 2017, he is the Chief Executive Officer of the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund, charged with privatizing State Assets. 



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